The way of life of those who live in western countries is so privileged in many ways that I cannot deny it. You should know that I live in Alberta, Canada, which is an oil-rich province where jobs abound; Wages are high and poverty is almost non-existent.
In addition to living what appears to be a luxurious life, there are things everyone must accomplish before settling in Canada.
# 1) western mindset
Most people in third-world countries do not have or are unaware of credit cards or mortgages. So if you know or have seen someone who lives in a big house or drives a luxury car, you can safely assume they are rich. However, in Canada or the United States, someone may or may not drive a luxury car and live in a large, beautiful house. If you have good credit, you are entitled to a mortgage, credit card, and car rental, which basically means that the bank actually owns your car or home and makes monthly payments on the loan. It can take 2-5 years to pay for a car and more than 20 years for a house.
# 2) Standard of living
Keeping the neighbors is a common phrase used to describe a person struggling to get what his neighbor has. It is very common for a family that may have a combined annual income of $ 100,000 that it owes. Most likely, because they live beyond their means to stay in appearance. A classic example of this is someone I once knew who owned a beautiful multi-million dollar home in a high-class community. This house was decorated with elegant furniture from top to bottom, a large screen TV, and he also drove a brand new Mercedes. A lifestyle that many would envy, but what most people don’t know is that you can’t pay your electric and mortgage bill. Does that make sense to you? That’s why it’s important to understand that not everyone is rich in Canada, and our idea of success is unrealistic because we create debt in search of wealth.
# 3) money
In Canada, believe it or not, money is made through very hard work, long working hours 5 days a week and even 6 or 7 days a week. There are some people who have only 3 jobs. Canada’s industrialization has created many jobs for skilled workers. However, many highly educated immigrants find themselves working in jobs such as slaughterhouses, taxi drivers, or cleaning jobs, which most Canadians find undesirable.
# 4) Discrimination and racism
If you are planning to immigrate to Canada, you should know that you may encounter this problem. Some cities are better than others, but here in Alberta, it could be the worst. A recent Calgary Herald article identified Calgary as Canada’s capital of hate crime. Growing up African-Canadian in the 1980s, at a time when few black families had many problems with racism. Although there are now more visible minorities, this problem persists.
# 5) lifestyle change
Canadian customs may differ from what you are used to, but there are some that you may not be familiar with. For example, it is common to call and make an appointment to visit someone at home, attending without prior notice is considered rude. When you arrive, make sure the time is right, as Canadians value accuracy, and don’t forget to always remove your shoes at the door. Never comment on a woman’s weight if she is overweight, this is very disrespectful and it is best to comment on weight loss as a compliment.